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Poster: AppleGirl Date: Jun 27, 2004 3:31pm
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Those are some big RAM cards there...

I think it's a miracle that with this level of technology, we didn't blow up the world back then! I love when they replace the malfunctioning tube on the plane's computer during a flight: "Just gimme a minute, Fred!"

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Poster: Steve Nordby Date: Jun 28, 2004 10:43am
Forum: movie_of_the_week Subject: Re: Those are some big RAM cards there...

I'd bet no tubes ("valves" for you English speakers). Transistors were available by 1956 (are there films on Shockley?) - and the counter measure of the Soviets was (I'm told) innovative: just transmit raw data to ground stations that procoessed and returned results to aircraft. No loss of expensive hardware, or it falling into the enemy's hands, if the plane is lost.